Tierwald, Multiexpo, Monster, of Frank Machalowski

Leipzig, Germany

Tierwald. Is this fiction or reality? This is the question underlying the series – the images provoke the viewer question what they see. Is this a picture of a warm rain forest or a cold German mixed forest? Are these animals really living in this forest or is it a giant zoo? The images in the series are in fact produced by combing two photographs – one taken in a forest and one taken at a zoo.

I was photographing deer in a forest in Germany when I had the idea of simulating the image with a more exotic species, and this led to the series. The forest in this picture is the famous 'Teutoburger Wald' in the middle of Germany and the animals are from Zoos around Germany.

The animal photographs are mostly digital and the photographs of the forests are all analogue,taken on a medium format 6x6 camera or 35mm, which are developed using traditional chemical processing before scanning the negatives.

Multiexpo. In this series i show analog multiple exposures of european citys sightseeing hotspots photographed from several positions on one frame. The buildings, structures and sculptures are taken from different perspectives, as well as the different visitors they look. The multiplication and intensification of positions and fields of view appears to distort the structures and reduce them to their core. They literally vibrate under the attempt to capture the time even in the pictures. All of these photographs were taken on analog film, on 6x6 middle format and 35mm.

Monster. Festivals, concerts, demos, sports events, tourist crowds. The city appears to be a place that never sleeps. These long-exposure photographs depict the people pouring through the streets as ghostly traces of a moving mass, making them seem almost menacing, like a faceless monster working its way through the city, the line between monstrosity and humanity dissolving in a mist of motion. All of these longtime exposures were taken on 6x6 middle format film.

I'm Frank Machalowski, a German award winning photographic artist and photographer, born in Berlin who lives and work in Leipzig today. After studying Economics in Berlin and applying myself to various trades I work as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011. I first got into photography as a hobby and at the beginning I was mainly into digital photography, but then I started shifting back to film as I found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be more fascinating. Today i even develop and print some of my photos by my own. My major areas of interest are the city and the country side, these two opposite fields with all their major differences and their potential for a perfect interaction become more and more attractive to me.

Some photographs of my series 'monster', 'multiexpo' and 'tierwald' were shown in Germany, France, USA and Italy at renowned galleries and festivals. I'm part of a permanent collection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris. Since 2014 i'm a part of the project "Berlin-Photography" represented by the Carpentier Gallery in Berlin (berlin-photography.de). It is a collective of 32 photographers who are concern with the city of Berlin.

I'm a member of ArtUpfront, a platform for byers and collectors of contemporary photography (artupfront.com). Selected works were offered for sale at YDP (YourDailyPhotograph.com), a resource for collectors of fineart photography from the California Duncan Miller Gallery. I'm listed at Art Photo Index (www.artphotoindex.com) and LensCulture (lensculture.com). Besides artistic activity, i work for musicians and private persons as an portrait and stills photographer.

For my artistic projects i work mainly with analogue photographic techniques.


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